Cholsey Abbey

Cholsey Abbey was an Anglo-Saxon nunnery in Cholsey in the English county of Berkshire (now Oxfordshire), which was founded in 986.


After King Edward the Martyr was murdered, his stepmother, Ælfthryth, was implicated in the crime. Edward's death had allowed Ælfthryth's son, Æthelred the Unready, to become King of England. Both Ælfthryth and Æthelred were instrumental in establishing Cholsey Abbey: an act of expiation for Edward's death.

Following the Danish attack on Wallingford in 1006, it is thought that the invaders burnt the nunnery to the ground. However, some ruins may have survived to be rebuilt as St Mary's Church, Cholsey (the parish church), where Anglo-Saxon masonry survives in the tower.


The site, nothing of which remains on the ground, lies immediately north-west of large village with its many amenities.


Coordinates: 51°34′44″N 1°09′32″W / 51.5788°N 1.1590°W / 51.5788; -1.1590